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Welcome.

My life goal is to run the life of race with excellence.

I want to love well and live well.

I passionately love my Jesus and wish to serve Him with every part of my life.

I love my family and friends and am so thankful for the beautiful people in my life.

I love speaking, I love learning, I love exercise, I love reading and I love new adventures.

This blog will cover toddler tips, Bible truths, snorkeling adventures, book reviews, theology snippets, counselling advice, and the tears and triumphs of a life well lived.

Thanks for journeying along with me. I trust you too will be encouraged to love well and live well with eternity in view.

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To the Suffering One

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Dear friend,

What words can I say to you when your life is hard and you are hurting? If we were face to face, I probably wouldn’t start with words at all. I would want you to talk when you are able. I want to know you, what you are going through, what it is like for you, and how you are doing. Simply being present and conveying that tears, heartache, and confusion are valid would probably be more helpful. Many wise Christians have commented that Job’s counselors did well until they opened their mouths (Job 2:11-13), and I certainly don’t think there is some magic word that will make everything better.
But when it comes time to say something, I might say this: Jesus is a most sympathetic friend, fellow sufferer, and Savior. He has walked a hard road. He has felt his own anguish and crushing pain (Isaiah 53). He understands. He is compassionate toward you. By the comfort of his presence and sympathy, he intends to draw you out and draw you to Himself.
I encourage you to go to him and speak to him. There is something about our ability to find words to express what we’re experiencing that makes a genuine difference. A wise Christian of many centuries ago said, “To open one’s heart to one’s friend—it doubles our joys and cuts our griefs in half.” I have found this to be true. Sharing a joy really does double the joy. And of course, sharing heartache never takes it all away — but there’s something about speaking to someone who truly cares about you that soothes your wounds. You are not alone.
The psalms, which are so full of heartache and so full of faith, often start with simply giving voice to the experience of suffering. As they do, it’s significant to notice that they don’t simply cry out in a scream of pain. They cry out to God who hears, who cares, who draws near, who helps. We can speak to our God. May you cry out to our God. He calls you his friend. He deeply cares for you. He is your Savior. Trust Him. He has walked down this road before you. He promises to walk with you in this.
And I might say one more thing. Suffering must be walked through one step at a time. Be honest. Don’t take any shortcuts. Let each day’s trouble be sufficient for that day. Seek your Father. If you seek him, you will find him.
—David

This letter originally appeared on the Crossway website.
David Powlinson

 

 

’s book, God’s Grace in Your Suffering, was released by Crossway in February 2018

Playpens as Positive Learning Spaces

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The playpen was one of my most used play places for my toddlers.

Why?

  • they developed a love of reading books

 

  • they enjoyed some quiet time away from the bustle of family life

 

  • they learnt to be creative with their open-ended toys

 

  • they sat and enjoyed listened to music during this play time

 

  • they were not bothered by older siblings showing them the ‘right’ way to play

 

  • they were not interrupted by younger siblings destroying their block tower or game

 

  • they were safe while I had a shower

 

  • they learnt to sit and focus and concentrate

 

  • they learnt the valuable life skill of self-play adeptness

 

  • they gained the important and beautiful life-long gift of of self-control

 

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.

   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.

 He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

The No Gaps

 

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There are parts of my life that don’t have gaps.

There are parts of my life that show that my beliefs are seen in my actions.

I believe it is important to exercise regularly. This is evidenced by the three nights of tennis I play each week.

I believe it is important to create a peaceful and calm environment and this is evidenced by my clutter-free house.

I believe that our money is a gift from God and should be spent wisely and this is evidenced by my careful budget that I actually adhere to.

I believe it is important to keep learning and this is evidenced by my post-graduate awards and my attempt to read through the deeper C.S.Lewis classics this year.

I believe it is important to help others walk well with Jesus and so I meet regularly with young women to help them see Jesus in the messiness of life.

Gaps and No-Gaps.

Beliefs and practice.

I find it helpful to step back and take stock.

What do my actions and choices, my spending and my conversations show that I really believe in?